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"The good life in Buena Vista........."


March ’07 Newsletter


There is a saying in Spanish: “Crazy February and March a bit too as well.” Believe me, in Spanish it rhymes a little better, and makes a little more sense, but you get the idea of why I mentioned it.  March continued to be very extreme . . . some days were nice with the water flat as a tortilla, and then the next day the wind came up.  But nothing out of the ordinary; and as always, we enjoy what God send our ways.



In our last communication, we noted that all of the hotel and boat repairs, remodeling, redecoration and upgrading would be completed by the end of April or early May and we’re right on target.  The winter and early Spring winds are all but a memory, roosterfish are cruising the shore, bait fishes are being seen in larger quantities, and we’re getting more dorado almost every day!  One of our guests even landed the first swordfish of the year [see fishing/adventure story.]


Spring is a time of rebirth and I am reminded of that when looking at both our famous hotel gardens and the adjacent land with cactus flowers in full bloom.  Our team of gardeners is doing a fantastic job of making our little corner of the world a true paradise.


Bienvenidos, amigos . . . we will see you soon.


Up ‘n’ Coming


As you read this, the Fiesta de Pesca is going on; it’s our annual homage to the Fishing Gods and a terrific angling experience if you’ve never been here at this time of year.  If you are an early riser and live in Southern California, I will be with Pete Gray on his “Let’s Talk Hook Up” radio show with all of the resorts in the area on Sat., April 28.

On May 5  I will be co-hosting a seminar about our fishery with Penn Fishing University Director Steve Carson in the IWE store in Sacramento (4221 Northgate Blvd. across from Fry's Electronics.)  If you are anywhere in the Sacramento or Delta area, please stop by.


And if you haven’t yet made plans for Mother’s Day weekend (in Mexico we call that “Que poca M,” ask anyone at the resort or in Mexico and they will tell what it means), we can send out a gift certificate for a trip. Moms do not pay during this weekend.  The certificate also stands for any other special occasion you may have, so keep that in mind.


There are some sold-out weekends all the way to August. But call us anyway. You never know when Hortencia will amaze you with her magic and ability to pull a room out of a hat.  So give us a call.


Happenings that Happened


March was a month with little fishing at times, but good fishing when it was requested, but most important to us is that we were part of many special events –


Robert Ravard from Portland, Ore., together with his friends and family partied long and hard on March 13 celebrating his 50th birthday.  Sabina Maucuzet and 14 guests from San Jose del Cabo were up until 5 a.m. for her birthday celebration.  Jon and Patricia Krager, Chinook, Wash., celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary – a 10 night romantic vacation.  And on the other end of the marriage game were teh Khols just married who enjoyed the hotel as the perfect background for a great honeymoon.


Numerous reunions and corporate groups –


Tony Barcia and five friends from the Wilmington, Calif., area enjoyed great weather and great fishing.  The got in on the initial marlin, tuna and dorado run of ’07.  Barry Ashcraft and 22 guests from the Nugget Market played golf, toured the mountains, took city tours, and, of course, fished despite some windy days.  Noted architect Carlos Mondragón from Guadalajara (the land of the Mariachi) brought the entire family of six adults and six kids for a terrific reunion


Condominium Project


Thank you very much to all of you who emailed to be included in the news regarding the condo project. Esaul continues to work on it.  As you may know, Baja tends to run at its own pace, nevertheless progress is coming and there are deadlines (did you know there is no official translation to the word “deadline” in Spanish? Well there is, but not a well practiced one).  Still, the projected time for pre-sales is still this summer. We are still incorporating our list, please if you haven’t already done so, shoot me an email to


Now that we have finished the winter outdoor and fishing show circuit and able to see so many of our long time friends, we discovered many who are interested in this project. Some of the questions were in regards to the affect that it will have in the hotel. We cannot say that it won’t have any, but we are definitely trying our hardest to avoid as many of them as possible. The primary idea is that even though it is still in the same property, it will be a completely independent project; with its own entrance, lobby, maintenance and staff crew.  We love our East Cape the way it has been until now, which it is able to differentiate itself from Cabo. We will continue the old Baja Charm.  And we pledge to maintain it.


Ohh!!, and another concern – this one from the wives (Kathy and Dianna) – you don’t have to cook.  This will still be your place to relax, fish, read a few books, swim and escape from it all, including cooking. But thank you very much as it has reassured us that we are thinking in the right direction.


Our long time friends Dave and Leslie Siegle visited. The Siegle family Jim, David and Dad were big supporters of my father’s beginnings. Our family has always considered them a very special family to all. In honor of this friendship, Esaul agreed on the first “honorary sale.” I may get trouble saying this, as after 30 years we have made many friends that one way or another have helped us become who we are today. We thank you all and remind you that, it is only “honorary,” but I didn’t want to pass the opportunity to make a public recognition of their help.


Guests, Groups and News About Them –


Our good friends from the non-profit ALMA organization visited us to nail down the dates for their event in October. Alma is an organization that was formed to help our pets in the East Cape, they do a fine job and we are happy to support them. Their tournament dates will be October 19-21 and if you are here or planning a trip during that weekend, make plans to join it.  It’s for a great cause and lots of fun.  


Linda Macbeth, winner of the East Cape Classic 2006, used up her certificate. Brian Berger bought our donated certificate for the IGFA, during their banquet.  Sheila Pontius, our good friend and almost neighbor from Todos Santos, paid us a visit.  Zuky Treviño escaped for a weekend from San Jose del Cabo. Corina Vargas and friends, all locals also visited from San Jose.  Mary and Buzz Fedorka were down for a quick trip to make sure everything is in place. Our good neighbor Herb Allen was in town for a few days and some of his friends stayed with us. Warren Verkerk, son of our good friends Ken and Linda from HI 5 lures visited . . .  There was the Joan Lowey Family Reunion

. . . and San Jose del Cabo friend Alejandro Landskron . . . so many people . . . so many good times


Returning Guests . . .


Dave Jauhal . . . Debbie and Bodo Meshkat for a quick business-related trip . . . James Starker after a long absence . . . Bob and Linda Baran . . . Diana Somerville . . . Rebecca Hassbroek . . . Robert Lusting (someone to look up to) . . . Togo Hazard and his friends Bill Fry and Kim Eady . . . Mertyce Mrvos? . . . Steve Tomlinson . . . Randy Donnell . . . David Beck . . . and Gary Ginter on his first trip of the year . . . Roger Morley . . . Al and Sherrie Phillips . . . Robin Littlefield . . . our newest friend from Alaska (looking for a little warm weather, no doubt) Tim Dillon . . .Gerald Goldman . . . and Henry Cerril


The Valdez Family



Click Here for February 2007 Total Fish Count


And Finally


U.S. citizens are now required to carry a passport (a driver’s license or other I.D. is no longer sufficient) and we urge you to get your new passport or renew your old one well in advance of your next trip Down Mexico Way.  Don’t say we didn’t warn you!

Did You Know?

Little known tidbits of Hotel Buena Vista's History


Did you know?


Last Month’s Question:  Last month we asked, since we will be honoring our one and only Sr. Jesus Araiza, our question is in two parts about him. What year did he come over to Hotel Buena Vista Beach Resort; and what is his boat’s complete name and why it was given this name?


The winner – with the longest and most complete answer in history – is our good friend and longtime guest Henry Howard.  His answer (in part) read – 


“When I saw what the prize is and who the question is about, there's no way I could resist!


“I am going to go out on a limb here and guess that Jesus Araiza actually started kippering at Hotel Buena Vista Beach Resort in 1988.  He started his career as a mate at the original Rancho Buena Vista Hotel in 1953.


“The full name of his boat is the Eclipse '91, bestowed as a tribute to the legendary July 11, 1991 total solar eclipse, visible from all over Baja and the Mexican mainland (I

was lucky enough to see it in unobstructed blue skies from Playa Novillero, 35 miles south of Mazatlan).  If I recall correctly, Jesus told me he was fishing that day, and he and his clients got to watch the amazing spectacle at the same time they were trolling for marlin.


“Even if I have the story wrong, that is the reason for the name of the boat as Eclipse '91,

I am quite sure. If I'm wrong, I'll eat a dorado or something, raw, as punishment!  And if I win the contest, I damn well better get a day with Jesus!”


Congratulations, Henry.  As agreed, we will try to get you a day with Jesus, but since he’s in semi-retirement we can’t guarantee it.  If not Jesus, it will be with one of our other great skippers – the Best in the West – and that we can guarantee. 



Contest of the Month!




Since Matt Bloom has the honor of the first swordfish of 2007, we thought we’d find out what you know about these magnificent creatures.  The most distinguishing characteristic of swordfish is, of course, the long bill or “sword.”  What is the function of the fish’s sword?


Prize: Specialty dinner certificate  for two.


Email your answers to: The closest guess and the first to the actual correct answer will be the winner.



In the News


This month's story is great and it should bring memories for those who fished with us late last year, as it talks about fishing tuna off Los Frailes with squid chunks caught right in front of the resort .  click here to read it



Fish, Adventure or Inspiration Story


The Mess of Stress


It’s a wonder any of survive this adventure called life.  With cell phones, text messages, e-mail, wall-to-wall traffic, 24/7 television news, trying to make a living, trying to raise a family and all the rest, I’m surprised more people don’t just throw up their arms and quit the race.


For many of us, relaxation and the ability to disassociate ourselves – even for a day or two – from the world around us is literally a lifesaver.  I was reminded of the power of relaxation when reading a story in the Los Angeles Times about a Dodgers baseball pitcher named Mark Hendrickson.  The gist of the story is that Hendrickson had a mediocre career with the Dodgers until visiting sports psychologist Ken Ravizza and learning to relax.


The article mentions that one of Ravizza’s techniques is to “have a player pick out something in the stadium and look at it frequently as a reminder to relax, regain focus and concentrate on the next pitch.”  At this point, Hendrickson’s career is in high gear; he’s undefeated with a low ERA.


Hotel Buena Vista Beach Resort together with Doctor Miles Thomas are helping people learn to relax through a series of programs teaching Thai Yoga Massage, or Nuad Bo Rarn.  It is a traditional form of bodywork that has origins rooted in India over 2,500 years ago. Its lineage can be traced to the 5th century BC to an Indian doctor thought to be a personal friend and head physician of the original community that gathered around the historical Buddha. He is known in Thailand as the “Father Doctor.” Thai Yoga Massage is representative of the physical branch of this traditional form of medicine. Its movements are unlike any other style of bodywork. Slow and meditative, it can be likened to having yoga done to you.


We are honor to be selected by Dr. Thomas to be the host  of these series of 3-day workshops in this contemplative form of exercise and relaxation therapy.  It is too late for you to enroll this year, but we plan to continue having them because we want our friends and guests to live long, happy, fulfilling lives – free from stress and aggravation. 


For information about upcoming programs of Thai Yoga Massage, or Nuad Bo Rarn, call our reservations office.


In the meantime, until the next Thai Yoga Massage session, here are a few ways to relieve the stress, pressures and intensity of life as we know it: 


  • We’re just a short distance by boat from Cabo Pulmo, the world renowned Underwater National Park;

  • Our Scuba and snorkeling is second to none.  You can swim with and photograph part of our undersea world of coral, brilliantly-colored tropical fish, game fish, predators and more;

  • We offer a full compliment of tours to a hidden tropical oasis, waterfalls, Indian rock paintings, birds and other wildlife, Spanish missions and museums; and,

  • A couple of margaritas won’t hurt! 



Hotel Buena Vista Beach Resort.  It’s so much more. 


 And now our Fishing Story


Our friend Matt Bloom from Sonora, Calif., with his family fished with legendary captain Felipe Ruiz and his mate Reggie on the Yanet on March 24. They were about 30 miles out from the lighthouse when they ran into this nice swordfish, baited and hooked it.    According to Capt. Felipe, it was a rugged hour-long fight. This was our first swordfish of the year. Congratulations to Matt.


P.S. – The swordfish steaks were GREAT! 



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Nuestra Cocina





In the mid ‘90s, on a visit to the newly rechristened Hotel Buena Vista Beach Resort, then chef Carlos Leyva gave me the following recipe to include in this book. He has since moved on to become the chef at La Mar y Peña Restaurant in Cabo, but the recipe stayed with me. It’s divine and goes beautifully with any chicken, beef or seafood dish. Serves four.


4 poblano chiles (you can substitute Anaheim chiles)

4 tbsp butter

1 large onion, sliced

½ tsp salt (or to taste)

2 cups crema media ácida or sour cream

1 cup grated Chihuahua or jack cheese


 If you have a gas stove, lay the chiles over the open flame and char skins well, turning with tongs frequently until they’re uniformly blackened and stop snapping. The more charred they are, the easier it is to remove the skins. If you have an electric stove, place chiles in a large skillet on high heat. Turn frequently as above. Remove chiles to plastic bag, close it and let stand for 10 minutes. Remove from bag, place in ice-cold water and remove the stems, skins, veins and seeds. Cut into strips.


Melt butter in skillet. Add onion and cook until translucent. Add chiles, salt and crema or sour cream. Stir until heated clear through. Remove from heat and serve immediately, garnishing with grated cheese.

This recipe (along with all your favorites from the resort) is from Ann Hazard's new book, Cooking With Baja Magic Dos. Available online or at our gift shop, this book offers up the best in Baja cuisine. With 250 recipes, 80 colored illustrations and travel and adventure stories spanning four generations, this is a must-have for everyone who loves Baja!

For more great Baja recipes and stories visit




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